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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place; First Edition edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get yourself a big box of Crayola Crayons and bring out the artist within! Terrie Linn Kygar's Melt-n-Blend technique for applique quilts involves blending hot melted crayons onto hot fabric. Terrie cuts out her fabric appliques and fuses them onto a pressing sheet first, then melts puddles of crayon wax right on the pressing sheet to one side of the motif. A paper napkin folded to a point is dipped into the wax, then Terrie begins coloring and shading her appliques. It's not rocket science, but it does take practice.

"I have taught this technique to eight year olds and eighty year olds," Terrie writes in her introduction to the book. "I haven't had a single student who couldn't learn the Melt-n-Blend technique." Besides crayons, Terrie uses colored pencils and black Pigma pens to shade, outline, and add detail. The results are gorgeous, with quilt designs that look like watercolor paintings. The book contains seven inspirational applique projects consisting of fruit and flower motifs. If you enjoy coloring and shading and are looking for something different, you might want to give this method a try. --The Quilter magazine

It's time for new fun with an old favorite medium, previously used in our childhood, wax crayons! Using the new Melt-n-Blend technique, anyone can create beautiful applique designs with a hand painted look that brings quilts to life. Terrie explains how to tint and shade luscious fruits, beautiful blossoms and more, using crayons, colored pencils and markers. There are 7 inspiring projects of increasing complexity to choose from, with something to delight every skill level and the designs will be personal to you every time. This is an interesting idea and could be amalgamated into pieced projects as feature. --Fabrications magazine

We recently experimented with crayon techniques in the Popular Patchwork forum and I do wish we'd had the benefit of this great book to aid us. Terrie's techniques uses nothing more than ordinary Crayola wax crayons (not fabric crayons), fusible web and paper napkins to create gorgeous fruit, flowers, birds and butterflies with delightful jewel-like colours and a hand-painted look. She uses ordinary white fabric or pale batiks as a base and then builds up the wax coloured layer with an easy melt and blend method. Terrie gives excellent instructions on how to achieve this effect and claims to have taught everyone from children to grandparents to create this type of appliqué motif successfully. She has no problems with washing the resulting items either! This is a very interesting and well thought out, and well presented, process; this would be a great book for those who feel that their artistic skills may be limited. --Popular Patchwork magazine

We recently experimented with crayon techniques in the Popular Patchwork forum and I do wish we'd had the benefit of this great book to aid us. Terrie's techniques uses nothing more than ordinary Crayola wax crayons (not fabric crayons), fusible web and paper napkins to create gorgeous fruit, flowers, birds and butterflies with delightful jewel-like colours and a hand-painted look. She uses ordinary white fabric or pale batiks as a base and then builds up the wax coloured layer with an easy melt and blend method. Terrie gives excellent instructions on how to achieve this effect and claims to have taught everyone from children to grandparents to create this type of appliqué motif successfully. She has no problems with washing the resulting items either! This is a very interesting and well thought out, and well presented, process; this would be a great book for those who feel that their artistic skills may be limited. --Popular Patchwork magazine

About the Author

Terrie's mother and grandmother taught her to sew when she was eight years old, and she started making her own clothes in high school.



Terrie enjoys teaching, especially her Melt-n-Blend technique, which uses melted crayons on fabric. She once taught a classroom of elementary students to knit and quilt, and she figures if she can teach fifth-grade boys to knit and quilt, she can teach anyone!



Terrie lives with her family in Oregon.


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Loads of fun !
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A great book written in very easy to understand language.
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She is currently working on book 2 and I can't wait.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MLouise VINE VOICE on June 12, 2012
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If the technique in this book was as easy as described in the introduction, I would've given five stars. I was undecided on whether to go with 3 or 4 stars, so to be nice I just went with 4.

I have used permanent ink on fabric with great results, I have always loved coloring, and I am a pretty darn good at all kinds of drawing and painting. So I was not in the least intimidated to try this melt & blend technique. I only mention that because in the introduction she makes a point of saying how well everyone does with the technique, even non-artistic types who were initially too intimidated to want to try it.

My first impression with the technique, was that it was a cumbersome procedure, without the benefit of producing great results.

The main two issues were:
1. The crayons do not stay melted for very long, and you can't melt much at a time. You have to keep melting a small amount, coloring, and re-melting more. You really need to have your iron right beside you, unless you want a lot of extra exercise getting up and down!
2. Although some colors blend fairly well, some do not. You kindof get used to how one color applies, then when you try another, Yikes!!

It's obvious that beautiful works can be accomplished, as proven by the great photos in the book. But believe me, it is not something that is easy to produce the first time you try it.
So after that first experience, I had four friends from my quilt guild over. We all made sure we had all the supplies necessary at our fingertips. We each had our own crayons, we had the proper napkins, etc. Everyone was really excited to try the technique,..... but no one was pleased with the results.

We finally just started playing around with other techniques.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades VINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
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When I saw this book, I was excited as I love the colors in my box of 64 crayons. I thought it would show me quilts that used fabric in those colors. Boy, was I wrong. It is a book that shows how to melt crayons and paint the melted crayon onto fabric which you cut out and make appliques. The technique instructions are very well written and following them would not be a problem.

While the technique is very creative, I can't imagine actually using a quilt made with such a technique. Therefore, these quilts are for items that don't get washed repeatedly. Those are not the kind of quilts I enjoy making.

While the items made with this melted crayon technique are beautiful, I will not be making them as I make quilts that my family can curl up with. If you are looking for display items such as wall hangings, this book will provide you with a new technique and beautiful pieces.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crafty quilter on March 28, 2012
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If you love coloring on fabric, you will like this new technique. However, it does give detailed coloring instructions for coloring on fabric whether you use the "Melt and Blend" tecnique or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Davis on July 12, 2012
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I took the class at my local quilt shop, Terrie is a great teacher and the class was so much fun. Her quilts are amazing. She is so encouraging, which really helped. And I must say, I feel I am pretty good at art and crafts, but seeing Terrie actually do and show us sure helps. Watching her actually do it and explain as she is doing it makes the process flow perfectly. In her class she explains what can happen (negative) if you do not do it as she explains. Even using a different brand of iron on "stuff" messed up my applique.. I made sure I bought the exact kind she told us to buy!! Made a big difference!! I would highly recommend the class, even if you think you can do it just by reading the book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 28, 2012
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I was kind of nervous; thinking melting my crayons and painting it on fabric. What?! But, I am having so much fun. I even ended up surfing the internet for other line drawn images to color on fabric. The key is to use your iron on the hottest setting it has. Iron to the right, crayons to the left and tons of fabrics with the applique stuff already on it. I had a blast and I showed it to my friends and cousins and they are having fun too. I love the look of it. Get the 96 different colors of crayons; because it gives you so much more to work with in shading. Fun! Fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CAL on June 14, 2012
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I work as a teacher in a local quilt shop. We have started teaching Terry's tecniques in a class series. All of the students are loving it and have produced awesome projects. They are returning for our 4 part series that follows the lessons in the book. The key really is keep your workstation organized, iron close at hand and your working surfaces very hot. The applique sheets that are thicker work great for this as they keep the heat and do not cool off quickly. I have tried several brands of crayons just to see if it was necessary to use Crayola and "YES" it is necessary. Other brands do not melt well and some do not melt at all. The key is keeping your fabric hot and the area you will be melting the crayon on hot. That seems to be the hardest thing for most people with the technique. We all have that fear of burning or scortching our fabric. Heat it up good!! That is the key to sucess with this method. My classes range from the ages of 16 to 76 so far and they have all had great sucess. I love how good the directions are as to what colors go where. Using crayons on fabric is a reverse process from the tole painting method where you go from a dark undercoat and layer colors on top. With Terry's method you start with your light color and go darker with shading. I have even experimented with spattering the crayon like you do on many tole painted projects and it works great when the crayon is heated up enough to allow you the working time. A great book written in very easy to understand language. I have many hours of fun with Crayola crayons in my future.Crayola 64 Ct Crayons
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